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josh lane was a football player in my high school - delaware valley regional high school. after my sophomore year was over, after pete serrao crashed his car and sent me flying through the windshield, after my "traumatic brain-injury," after being transferred from lehigh valley hospital to good shepard rehabilitation hospital in allentown, i was brought what i remember to be a few big pieces of paper. they were full of notes from classmates, the "get well" kind of notes.

when i was a sophomore, kelly ann seigel wrote the christmas skit in 1989 for the thespians to perform. yes, after erica cox, i was "the second freshman thespian" inducted into the international thespian society. the skit was called "christmas in the morgue," and i had a line where i said "i bludgeoned myself to death with a waffle iron". well, i bring that up because what josh wrote on those "get well" posters was "bludgeon anyone with a waffle iron lately?".

i did not know josh, i had never spoken to him, but this big and strong, manly and hairy-chested football player acknowledging me probably made my day. i'm not sure if i knew who he was, i must've been somewhat familiar, but i venture to guess that his acknowledgement of me made me think that he did not think he was as "above" me as i thought i was "below" athletes like him. "below" as in "lesser" or "not as good".

so, i came to school in january of my junior year. josh was a senior. i had always been acting in the plays, so naturally i tried out for the spring plays. josh got a part in the spring play i was not in, so i didn't get to work with him. i guess i talked to him now and then, and by that summer i had asked if he wanted to see a movie with me. we saw "dying young" with julia roberts, i think at the lehigh valley mall. i think it was "terminator 2" that we were going to see, when i was in utmost reverence of his manliness. he basically told me not to put him on a pedestal, he basically told me to love myself enough to be on the pedestal. he didn't say "be the man of your dreams," but that's how i come to regard what he was telling me.

i told him that i didn't want to go to the movie, i felt rejected. our "friendship" didn't last very long. let me just say that josh lane, joshua parker lane (if memory serves me correctly), must have been the best friend i had back then. it is because of josh that the little brain-damaged 16 year-old homosexual has grown into the gay-bashing preacher of self-love and self-respect that i am today.

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